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Nordstrom to Women — Design your own perfect shoes

Nordstrom is taking a trial run and expanding out to more brick and mortar stores, offering women the opportunity to design their own shoes.

After Nordstrom tried out one Shoes of Prey studio, it announced in early December 2015 it had invested in the company and expanded walk in sites to six stores nationwide. Nordstrom also features more than 60 Shoes of Prey designs on the Nordstrom site in sizes 2 to 15 and sizes NN to WW. Prices approximately $115 to $188.

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Amazon Prime gains ground with younger, more affluent shoppers, estimated 50% of Americans will have Prime by 2020

For everyone not getting free shipping of one kind or another this holiday season, here’s an insightful story from Fortune about Amazon Prime pulling in younger, more affluent shoppers. Prime shoppers are also buying across more categories and purchasing more apparel. Per Slice Intelligence, Amazon captured 36.1% of the $3 billion spent online on Cyber Monday 2015. Basically, Amazon Prime is hitting marketing demographics heaven, young people with money and decades of buying years in front of them. The fact it is growing so fast shows Prime is primed to gain more and more online dollars

The allure of Prime is simple enough.
. Flat rate $99 annual subscription gets you free 2 day shipping for millions of items.
. Unlimited video streaming.
. Unlimited music streaming with millions of songs.
. 800,000 free ebooks.
. Unlimited cloud storage for photos.
. More things announced at what seems like every quarterly report.

Business Insider cites Macquarie Research analysts seeing 12% annual growth for Prime in the coming years, with 50% of Americans members of Amazon Prime service by 2020. At the end of 2014, Amazon believed 20-25% of Americans already had Prime. That’s a lot of boxes shipped at a flat rate, at least a flat rate for the end user. If Amazon gets clearance, that’s also millions of drone flights. The Amazon style of hub-and-spoke distribution will be one where the hub has spokes, the spokes can become hubs as needed and grow their own spokes, then shrink back based on customer demands.

At the bottom of our Fityn.com articles, we frequently put eBay, Amazon, and other links about products we mention in the stories. If shipping seems too high for small items, then Prime might make a difference. Yes, if you buy from those links, the purchase does not cost you any more money, and Fityn gets a small fee from the affiliate link. Going forward for the next few months, we will also include a link that lets you sign up for Amazon Prime if you aren’ already signed up. Here’s one link that gets you to Amazon Prime:

Join Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial

Here’s one to give the gift of Amazon Prime to someone else:

Shop Amazon – Give the Gift of Amazon Prime

The ever popular 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime:

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

For students, here’s an Amazon Students free two day shipping trial:

Join Amazon Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students

And if you don’t have enough cell phones to tell everyone about these great deals, here’s a link to cell phone contract and service plans via Amazon:

Shop Amazon – Contract Cell Phones & Service Plans

Friday Film 3 — Star Wars Japanese Trailer — Two New Reveals

Yes, J. J. Abrams said the Star Wars trailer shown a few weeks ago during halftime of Monday Night Football would be the last trailer before the movie’s release. Maybe he meant to say the last American release, since this is the new Japanese trailer.

Two things stand out on first look. 1. Storm troopers with freakin’ flame throwers. 2. This line will be a major turning point in the movie and new catchphrase in popular culture: “Hope is not lost today. It is found.” It may take a while for that couplet to work its way down to a sales meeting where the floor is way behind its number and there are only three weeks left in the quarter, but it will get there.

The Deities of Men’s Style

Cary Grant in the North By Northwest blue three button suit.  Described by one critic as "by far the best suit in the movie, in the movies, perhaps in the whole world."  Per neveryetmelted.com, a subtle glen plaid, probably in 13 oz flannel or 10 oz fresco tropical weave, tailored by Quintino of Beverly Hills.

Cary Grant in the North By Northwest blue three button suit. Described by one critic as “by far the best suit in the movie, in the movies, perhaps in the whole world.” Per neveryetmelted.com, a subtle glen plaid, probably in 13 oz flannel or 10 oz fresco tropical weave, tailored by Quintino of Beverly Hills.

New York Times covers the icons of classic men’s style and how they still influence men’s wear designers and style to this day. Turning Paul Newman from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Steve McQueen of Beech Grove, Indiana, and Cary Grant (Archibald Alexander Leach) from Horfield, England into the deities of men’s style. Passing reference to Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) of Omaha, Nebraska.

Paul Newman turned up collar coat, striped shirt and tie.

Paul Newman turned up collar coat, striped shirt and tie.

Steve McQueen with a few toys.

Steve McQueen with a few toys.

Fred Astaire in front of the microphone.

Fred Astaire in front of the microphone.

Classic Cars Greatest Value Increase During Last 10 Years — Hobby Investors

Classic cars show greatest increase in value for hobby investors during the last ten years, according to the Coutts Index. Story from The Telegraph show cars besting fine wines, various styles of paintings, watches, stamps, coins, fine musical instruments, rugs, even jewelry.

If you’re an investor in Chinese art works, might be time to indulge in some investment Scotch.

Classic Cars show greatest percentage increase over the last ten years, according to the Coutts index.

Classic Cars show greatest percentage increase in value over the last ten years, according to the Coutts Index. Photo by Andrew Crawley for The Telegraph.